Parliamentary elections in Finland 2019

According to the Finnish Constitution sovereign power in Finland belongs to the people, represented by Parliament convened in session. The Finnish parliament is unicameral and comprises 200 representatives.

Members of Parliament are elected every fourth year. Election Day is the third Sunday of April. Every Finnish citizen who has reached the age of 18 not later than on the day of the election is entitled to vote in parliamentary elections. This year the elections will be held on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

More general information on the parliamentary elections can be found on the elections website of the Ministry of Justice.

Parliamentary elections in Finland on 14 April 2019

Accreditation for international media

Accreditation is necessary for all foreign media representatives wishing to cover the Finnish parliamentary elections 2019 and to take part in media events. 

Accreditation has ended. 85 international media representatives have signed up for Foreign Ministry’s parliamentary elections media programme.  Confirmation of accreditation and more information has been sent to accredited journalists.

Media programme for parliamentary elections

Tuesday 9 April: Interview possibility with party leaders 

  • International journalists have a chance to interview Finnish political party leaders right after a televised debate at Sanomatalo. The reserved time for the interview is approximately 20 minutes. 
  • Media representatives are requested to arrive no later than 15 minutes before the event starts and to present a valid press card, a badge or a mandate issued and signed by the media that they represent, plus an official identity card.
  • Time: 18:00 
  • Address: Sanomatalo, Töölönlahdenkatu 2

Sunday 14 April: Election Night

  • Media facilities, located in the annex to the Parliament Building, called “the Little Parliament”, are open for accredited media from 17.00 onwards. election night TV coverage to start at 19.30.
  • The press room at the Little Parliament will offer simultaneous interpretation into English of the televised election night programme broadcast by YLE and a wireless internet connection (wlan).
  • Please note that you are requested to present your ID at the entrance of the “Little Parliament”, when you collect your accreditation card. 
  • Time: Doors open at 17.00
  • Address: Arkadiankatu 3, Helsinki    

Monday 15 April: Analyses of the election result

  • The Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise a postelection analysis and discussion event led by professor Markku Jokisipilä from the Centre for Parliamentary Studies in the University of Turku.
  • Please note that you are requested to present your ID at the entrance.
  • Time: 11.00-12.30 
  • Address: Eteläesplanadi 4, Helsinki 

Contact 

Ms. Sari Uusi-Rauva, Content and Communications Specialist, sari.uusi-rauva@formin.fi,  tel. +358 295 350 290